Measuring malls through malleability.

Hot on the heels of my podcast is another retail rumination. By now, it’s safe to assert that the conventional enclosed shopping mall—long the paragon of middlebrow American commerce—is an eviscerated zombie, trudging onward with no clear goal, and a huge contrast compared to the heydays of the 1970s and 80s. I’d wager that up

PODCAST: What are we going to do about all these dead malls?

Now that I’ve finally gotten my computer repaired (and my hard drive replaced), I can prepare American Dirt for a variety of great new posts.  But my latest is in a format new to me: the podcast. I met with Aaron Renn over at The Urbanophile last week, where we had an extensive conversation about

Nimble fingers, sticky keys.

Unfortunately I might have to put a brief pause on the blog posts for the time being, as my ailing computer keyboard is making typing almost impossible.  Please be patient as I either repair or replace the keyboard.  It may only take a few days, but it could be much longer.  I’ll resume blogging at

When your domain is compromised, how do you take the high road?

The impacts of government policies can be subtle, far-reaching and antithetical to their original good intentions. Identifying examples of this is part of my duty as a blogger. Sometimes, though, the evidence of a policy is right there in your face…called out by the person most affected.   This former home in Greenfield, Indiana (about 20 miles

Measuring malls through malleability.

Hot on the heels of my podcast is another retail rumination. By now, it’s safe to assert that the conventional enclosed shopping mall—long the paragon of middlebrow American commerce—is an eviscerated zombie, trudging

Nimble fingers, sticky keys.

Unfortunately I might have to put a brief pause on the blog posts for the time being, as my ailing computer keyboard is making typing almost impossible.  Please be patient as I either